Don’t write to me at my SpamCop address! They’re going to be down all day tomorrow while they move their whole operation from Florida to Atlanta. It says on their website that the mail won’t bounce, though — I wish they’d posted that earlier, since that’s the only thing I was really bitching about. I’ve removed forwarding on the edithfrost.com address so I’ll be picking that up directly until SpamCop’s back online. I’ll post a note here when that happens.
I went out today and ran some errands. Went to the hardware store and got a new coffee pot and filter thingy; our pot was cracked. Got some fish food and filters at the pet store, and then I went and got It. Yup, I got me an AirPort base station and a card for my iBook! I’m using it now, it’s sweeeeeeeeeet. :-) It doesn’t seem any slower than it is when I plug straight into the router, though I’m sure it must be. How magical is it to have a laptop under your arm, walk into the farthest room in the house, open it up and blog about what you just did? Okay, it’s totally dumb, but I love it.
From BBC News… Florida Muslim arrests were mistake
Authorities in Florida have admitted they got it wrong when they detained three Muslim men for 17 hours for being suspected terrorists. <…> the authorities have admitted their conversation was not about terrorism and that CCTV footage has shown they did in fact stop and pay the toll.
I knew it! What an unfortunate mistake, but at least nobody got physically hurt. I still think the media SUCKS for broadcasting the whole thing. If we’re going to be so careful in investigating every potential terrorist, we’ve got to shut up and let the cops do their job. What I mean is… if the woman’s initial complaint was even a little bit believable, then the cops probably had no choice but to pull them over and at least question them. But I betcha anything that the incident wouldn’t have gotten dragged out so long if it weren’t for the presence of all those cameras.
We had dinner tonight at the Brauhaus — I AM SO FULL!! It was Rian’s girlfriend Lisa’s birthday dinner party thing. It wasn’t a big party, just seven of us. Her and me and Char on one side, and John and the Murphy brothers on the other, plus Dan K. on the end. If you haven’t been to the Brauhaus, you totally should go!! It’s a crazy German-themed restaurant with live music. The waitresses wear Robin Hood caps and "traditional" dresses, with their boobs all pushed up and pouring out the top. Every time you go, they’ve got new games, new guest musicians, new ways to torture the audience. It’s supposed to be a very audience-participation kind of thing. Tonight there was a tuba player who walked through the dining room and let people throw coins into the horn. There was an AWFUL yodeling contest, and several instances of party trains / bunny hops. They even had the Achey Breaky dance going at one point. I thought they were doing the Bus Stop!!! Lisa had to correct me, isn’t that hilarious?
I keep dutifully updating my copy of NetNewsWire Lite; it’s up to 1.0 now. What a great tool, and it’s getting better all the time. Pretty soon you’re going to be able to control your toaster with that thing! Anyway, the reason I’m writing is because I was just idly checking the site-drawer in the new version… different websites all over the place are starting RSS feeds, so I like to find out what’s new. So I look in the "Blogs" folder and open up "0-F", and what do I see? My own name on the list, that’s what! I’ve never even talked to this guy; how has he even heard of my site? I’m really surprised, and pleased. :-)
I’ve been avoiding the computer today, gee I wonder why? I didn’t get enough sleep last night with all the crap I had to deal with; I’ll probably go to bed early. This is one of those days when there really isn’t anything to blog about! I paid some bills, so my creditors are a little happier… hopefully that’ll shut ‘em up for awhile. I still have a few more to pay tomorrow; I didn’t want to overload my poor debit card by charging everything at once. If there’s any money left, I know what I want… I’m going to buy an Airport wireless router and an Airport card to go with it! But I don’t know if I really can; we’ll see. It’s a total luxury item that I don’t really need in any way, shape or form, but of course I want it anyway. Maybe I can trick John into accidentally breaking my router somehow. ;-)
Ugh. I’m writing on my PC now. Apple put out a new OS update today (and by "today" I mean "yesterday" of course). I installed it and some things got killed. It wasn’t happy about the fact that I’d created subfolders inside my Applications folder. It wants to find all the files in their default locations. Story of my life, right? Me and subfolders, we just don’t see eye-to-eye. So anyway I’m reinstalling Jaguar now. Ten minutes ago I was just coming in to check my mail to see if anybody had replied to my plea for help… but the answer confused me and I got mad at it, so I’m fucking reinstalling the system. Real good Edith. Real clever way to solve a problem…!
Back in July I had a great idea for a semi-robotic vacuum cleaner… I described the concept on this post. Now somebody up and made one, and they’re selling it already for less than $200!! This one doesn’t clean itself like mine though. Theirs is pancake-shaped rather than spherical — how could I have been so silly as to think mine could be shaped like a ball? It wouldn’t make sense to do that, but oh well. Due to its shape I wanted to call mine the Spherical Sucker (‘Sphucker’) whereas they’re calling theirs the Roomba. That’s okay I guess… a play on the word ‘rhumba’, as if the vacuum is dancing itself across your carpet.
The SpamCop paid mail service has announced a "planned outage" all day this coming Sunday the 22nd, while they move their servers to a new location. Althought I’m glad they’re getting a better connection for the future, it displeases me that they’re actually planning on all mail being lost on that day. I may be misunderstanding the announcement but it seems there’ll be no backup server to catch the mail that flows in during the outage. I guess maybe it wasn’t a good idea to start giving people that address as my primary contact addy! I get the impression that most other paid users only use their SpamCop addys as a place to forward and filter their mail, not as a primary public address. So… I know I do this all the time to my poor suffering contact-info-packrat friends, but… if you could change my addy back to the one at THIS domain (that is, my first name at my whole name dot com), that would be super.